2.51 million unemployed in the United Kingdom. It’s no wonder I can’t find a decent job in radio.
I’m currently working as a Primary Supply School Teacher and it gives me an average of 3 days work a week. Some weeks it can only be a days work, and some all 5 days. Nevertheless it is not the career path that I am used to or even looking for.
Radio is my first love and my first passion and I loved getting paid for something that I loved doing. I had the maddest of hours and hardly got any sleep but I loved and thrived on every second of it.
Unfortunately for me, I am a niche market having only worked in ‘British Asian’ Radio stations. Nevertheless that doesn’t make me any less talented or professional at what I do.
I listen to ‘mainstream’ radio shows and stations and half the time without sounding conceited I know I can do a million times better. Alot of them seem to have no personality, and sound very plastic and contrived. Then I hear presenters on the Brit-Asian stations and it really is annoying that there are people on there that have no prior experience of radio but because they are a known entity they get offered a show. By this I mean actors, vj’s, tv show participants, music producers, dj’s or even z-list celebrities.
Here I am with 15 years of experience of being a flagship show radio presenter with tons of experience, skills and personality but am unable to ‘get in’. Not even sideways! I have been to a few interviews at a very well know corporation but it always is filled in internally.
I apply to mainstream stations and I am left with the feeling or question of ‘iz it cause I iz black’?? Or in my case brown and female??
There’s always been the debate of why there are not enough ethnic minorities in the media. Back when I first started in media in the early 90′s there really was only a small handful. Then as more and more people stood up and questioned this, then a few more were allowed to seep in. You see media companies wanted to show that they were doing enough for equality and ethnic minorities. There have even been schemes in place that train ethnic minorities to get into big media corporations.
My question has always been this though. Why do we even need courses targeting ethnic minorities? Should we all not be treated equally and be hired because of solely our talent and not the colour of our skin? Or even just because we are a known entity? By this I mean, there are people like Narinder from Big Brother who are working as a radio presenter, and also that couple Shay and (forgot his name) from The Family are on the Asian Network. Jade Goody (bless her soul) was also given radio shows. I remember some other ex-BB contestants working at other radio stations down South. Yet none of the above have the background or experience in radio!!
Then here I am. Little old me, who’s dedicated my life to radio and am not getting a look in edgeways!!! Again without trying to blow my own trumpet, I definitely know it is not because of my talent, skills and experience as I have plenty of that to prove. It is not because of my non-existent ego. It certainly is not because I am unpopular or am rubbish at what I do. On the contrary So then what is it??
I understand there’s a recession, but come on is it not a sin keeping a well loved and known entity working in primary schools a few days a week when you know that I would be an asset to the world of radio and broadcasting? (The last bit did make me squirm – but hey I don’t have a PA and Manager so I have to blow my own trumpet!). I’m just as good if not even better than many out there. I am confident enough to say that.
There has to be someone wanting to give me a radio gig? Anywhere in the world? Just get me behind that mic and you will have no regrets whatsoever. That I promise and so will my fans….
And I’ve always said if you don’t ask then you just don’t get! I mean no-one is going to come knocking on my door are they?
I’m available and I’m here!!! In-box me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you reckon you want me.
Talents are as below:
Radio Presenter (presented Breakfast and Drivetime)
Radio Station Manager (helped build a radio station)
Voice-Over Artist (have voiced/scripted/produced many ads and narrated for ‘My Desi Guru)
Stage Compere and Host
Freelance Columnist (have contributed to many magazines as a writer)
Blogger (as you see I have been blogging for a year)
Photographer (I have a degree in photography)
Make-Up Artist ( I have trained with the Lubna Rafiq Academy)
School Teacher (I have a PGCE)
Public Speaker ( I have given inspirational talks)
Learning Mentor/Trainer ( I have helped set up a local School Radio Station)
Talent Trainer (I have trained many in the skills of becoming a succesful radio presenter)
I love cooking but never trained to be a chef. (random I know)
I’d make a great TV Chat Show host or an entertainment presenter (I once went to a screen test once and was told to lose 3 stones and then come back but apparently I was the best they had seen – but not the right look!!!)
I also think I’d make a great actress as I did some at Uni and think I’d be great in Eastenders as Zainab’s long lost sister ( I think we look similar)
I love to help people and make them happy….
I was nominated for ‘Presenter of the Year’ at the 2005 prestigious and industry recognised 2005 Arquiva CRCA Commercial Radio Awards. Also nominated for ‘Best Radio DJ’ at the 2004 UK AMA Awards. (You see I’m not just blagging it!)
I’m a very creative person and am very multi-talented as you can see. I’m sure I would be an asset to most companies! Willing to re-locate globally as long as the package is enticing.
Maybe just like the pictures I’ve used I should walk around with a sign stuck on me forehead too??